MEASURING IVF SUCCESS RATES
Fertility clinics are not all cut from the same cloth. One of the best indicators of a good fertility clinic is their success rates. Is the clinic actually doing what it says it will?
As a patient, you should not only look at the center’s pregnancy rates but consider investigating the delivery/live birth rates. Since 1992, reproductive specialists in the US are required by law to report the success rates, including delivery rates, as well as other outcomes data to the CDC. This data is also published by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART). Researching a clinic’s success rates on SART is important because those rates can have a big impact on your care and chance of success. However, a fertility clinic must have been operating for two years before any SART data is reported. You can rest assured that RMA of Northern California is a member of SART and our data will be available starting in 2020.
Patients considering IVF care should ask the following questions on their initial consultation:
- Has the center consistently reported to the CDC and SART with delivery rates at or above the national average?
- Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS) also known as Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) for embryonic testing?
- Does the center routinely perform tophectoderm embryo biopsy when genetic screening is indicated?
- Does the center account for endometrial synchronization during time of embryo transfer?
- Does the center limit the number of embryos transferred to one or two in all patients at all times?
- Are their costs in line with their success rates? Are their fees excessive or discounted too heavily?